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Monday, October 12, 2015

Ten Reasons Why I Like EPDs

1. EPDs are the most advanced scientific method available today designed to establish an animal’s genetic profile. Not all that unlike the driver-less Google car that develops it intelligence by sharing experience encountered by all other Google cars on the road, (Shared Intelligence), EPDs provide breeders with highly accurate predictions based upon the experience of all past breeding match-ups of all animals and ancestors in the program.

2. Alpaca EPD predictions are spot on. The read more...

Friday, August 16, 2013

How to use EPDs to estimate offsprig trait values.

The following is an example of how EPD's of parents are used to estimate the outcome of the offspring. Notice how the dams trait values are not related to the dam's (Norma Jeans) 2012 histogram.

Estimating offspring trait values is accomplished using a simple combination of the dam's EPD trait values with her service sires Trait Values . The second part of the equation that I find helpful is to rank the trait among the rest of the program population. This really helps see how much pr read more...